The Jackson County Library System & Covid-19

All Jackson County Library System locations are open to the public by appointment. More information can be found below. Returns should be placed in the outdoor bookdrops at all three locations. Curbside Pickup service is still available and details of this service are below in the Curbside Pickup section.  And of course, our virtual branch is open right here on our website and on the libraries' Facebook pages. For questions or help, you can contact us using the form on the Contact page.

Important Information

Returns

The bookdrops are open again, but all items will be quarantined in the library for 72 hours before they are actually checked in. Only return items to the bookdrops.

Library Holds

Holds can be placed for items within Plum Creek, but they will take longer to become available due to safety precautions. Holds through MNLink are available on a limited basis. Curbside Pickup service is available at all three locations as are 45 minute appointments to checkout holds. More information is available below in the Curbside Pickup section. Appointment information can also be found below.

eLibrary

The library has whole collections of digital materials to checkout! Go to our eLibrary page to learn about them or scroll down to the Read for Free! section of this page to see all of the collections from both the library and others who have made materials free to download during this time.

eLibrary Cards

Don't have a library card? Contact the library to sign up for an eLibrary Card so you can utilize our digital resources by using the Contact form.

Libraries Open By Appointment!

The Jackson County Libraries are open by appointment. Patrons may call and schedule a 45-minute appointment at the top of the hour for use of the computers and/or browsing for materials to check-out. The door for entry to each building is: Jackson-west entrance at the rear parking lot, Lakefield-north entrance, and Heron Lake-main entrance. Make an appointment to stop in one of the libraries or for curbside service by calling Jackson - 847-4748, Lakefield - 662-5782, Heron Lake - 793-2641. Curbside Pick Up service is still continuing as is Homebound Delivery for those who are high risk and unable to leave their home and reside within the city limits of Jackson, Lakefield and Heron Lake. If you bring items with you to return, put them in the outside drop box before entering the library.

WiFi Access 24/7

Although physical library buildings are only open by appointment, all locations have WiFi turned on at all times. It can be accessed by parking near any of the three library buildings.

WiFi Hotspots Now Available!!!

You can now checkout the Internet from the library! A mobile Internet hotspot uses cellular access to create a WiFi connection, allowing people to connect to the Internet where there is not typically strong, or any, WiFi access. The Jackson County Library System has received twelve hotspots to be checked out by our patrons.

These hotspots were made available through The Minnesota State Library, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education that created a connectivity grant for libraries across the state. This program is partially funded with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding, CFDA 45.310, Library Services and Technology Act (LS-00-19-0024-19) Grants to States.

Hotspots can be checked out by any Jackson County resident with a library card in good standing. They may not be placed on hold, but are available on a first come, first serve basis. Since they are a limited resource, they are checked out for two weeks and cannot be renewed.

Virtual Programming

Library YouTube Channel
The library now has a YouTube Channel! We will be sharing videos there as well as Facebook so you have another place to watch and enjoy all of the virtual programming that the library has to offer. Use the links below to navigate to the videos you want to watch!

Storytime Playlist
Bedtime Storyhour Playlist
Fall Adult Programs Playlist (content starting on Oct. 28)

Storytime

Storytimes!
Spark the love of reading by introducing your child to these fun storytimes. Storytimes help children develop a lifelong love for reading, and play an important role in building early literacy skills. Children learn how to interact with books, are introduced to new words, and introduced to new concepts.

Join us every Tuesday @ 10 AM on our Facebook pages for Storytime fun with Ms. Carrie, Ms. Kathy, and Ms. Sunny! You can also watch the most recent Storytime and Bedtime Storyhour videos on the Infants & Toddlers page.

Heron Lake Library Facebook

Jackson Library Facebook

Lakefield Library Facebook

Access #OperationStorytime  on Twitter to discover stories ready by celebrities, authors, and illustrators.

Oliver Jeffers reads Monday through Friday on LIVE Instagram

James Dean reads Pete the Cat on Mondays on LIVE Instagram

Mondays with Michelle Obama on PBS Kids Facebook and YouTube

StorylineOnline Archived Storytimes

StoryMakers and Read Out Loud at KidLit TV

Everday Storyhour with Robbi & Matthew on YouTube A daily, fun, picture-book storytime followed by an author chat time where they talk about the creative process, answer questions, and suggest activities to do at home.

Minnesota silhouette

One Book | One Minnesota
The summer book is here! The selected book is A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin (Minnesota Historical Society Press) and it is free to download on eBooks Minnesota through August 23. The author will be hosting a discussion for the entire state and details will be posted as soon as they are available. For more information, go to our One Book | One Minnesota page.

Statewide Author Talk

The summer One Book author event will be held in August. Details to come in July.

CSLP Imagine Your Story

Summer Library Program 2020: Imagine Your Story
Our summer program has a new look this year, but all of the fun of years' past!

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the library has decided not to have any programs in the physical libraries this summer. BUT there's still a lot going on! We'll be showing some great performers on Facebook and the website, have craft kits to pick up for all ages, activity logs to earn prizes, and LOTS more! Head to our Summer Library Program page to check it all out!!!

Read For Free!

Digital Library Resources
Read & listen to eBooks for free with your library card!

Minnesota Resources
Read digitally for free with these services provided by the state.

Curbside Pickup
Get a bag of library materials starting on May 18!

Other Free Resources
Read with these other resources that are freely available.

Free Stay at Home Fun

Crosswords, Puzzles, & Escape Rooms!
Keep your brain active with these fun activities.

Printable Activities!
Print these activities to keep you busy at home.

Exercise & Active Fun
Get the whole family moving with these free online resources!

Language Learning
Why not learn a new language for free?!

Writing Activities
Be creative with these fun writing activities!

Library of Congress
Check out these curated activities for the whole family!

Learning @ Home Resources

General Resources & Lessons
Jump into learning at home with these free resources!

Art
Let out your creativity!

Science
Dive into science topics with these resources!

Music & Theatre
Explore music and theatre all from home!

Space
Explore the final frontier!

Reading
Develop literacy skills and explore favorite books and discover new favorites!

Virtual Adventures

Zoos & Aquariums
Get an up close look at some amazing animals!

Museums
Explore history!

Adventure & Theme Parks
Take a ride on roller coaster and have an adventure!

National Parks
Explore the natural wonders in our National Parks!

Covid-19 Health Information